Pooper Pumper Day

We’ve been here at the Champlain Valley Expo Center (fairgrounds) in Essex Junction, VT since last Thursday and although we’ve had electric and water hookups, we’ve not had the luxury of a sewer connection.  There are about 1000 RV’s here and the black water tanks on board only hold so much.

So the organizers have made arrangements for all these RV’s to be pumped out.  Depending on what day you arrived on site, determined what day the pumpers would be at your rig to pump.  We arrived Thursday so our pump day was the following Monday.

Now, on Sunday night just after Kathy finished up her shower, the gray water (sink/shower/kitchen) tank was now filled to capacity.  So no more showers or running sink water down the drain.

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So, the pumper came just in time, early Monday morning and in only just a few short minutes rolled his “bowl” over to the coach, pulled the drain valves, and pumped it all into his tank truck and then moved on to the rig next door.  There were/are multiple trucks here each day and I know these guys are pretty “pooped” by the end of the day.

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Some pictures from the Escapade

The “show” is really a great learning experience disguised in fun.  Take a look at the photos below and read the captions and you’ll be able to get a better idea of what’s going on here in Vermont this week at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center

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We had the honor of meeting and listening to 89 year old Kay Peterson who, with her husband Joe back in 1979 co-founded the Escapees RV club with just 24 members.  She was delightful to listen to and she’s sharp as a tack.  By the way, Kathy and I joined last fall and we are member number 126874 (It’s grown a bit, eh?)

We’ve met a lot of folks here and learned not only in classes, but from our fellow RV’ers as well.  There is entertainment and hospitality events every night and LOTS of BIG BEAUTIFUL (and very expensive) motorhomes to walk through and dream about.

Mac The Fire Guy” taught us about fire safety, how to safely exit an RV in the event of fire, which smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to have in our coach along with the correct type of fire extinguisher to keep on board.  He emphasized the main goal is to exit safely, not to save the RV, (that’s why you have insurance)

Jim and George taught us all about tires, the importance of having your rig weighed on ALL FOUR CORNERS (so you know the weight on EACH tire) and how to determine the correct tire inflation pressure based on the load being carried.

This is only Monday night, right now Kathy is in the General Assembly Room listening (along with about 2000 others) to The Marlins musical group while I’m over in another part of the building using the free WiFi so I could upload these pictures.

We still have Tuesday and Wednesday to learn and have fun and then we’ll head out Thursday morning.

More later – So long for now,

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WOW! Adirondacks & Lake Champlain

So our 2nd day found us along I-90 only a short way (about 60 miles) to our exit onto RT 365, then RT 20, then RT 8 all along the Adirondack Scenic ByWay.  It was a beautiful day and there was very little traffic and we enjoyed the trip through the mountain villages (they call them hamlets), across the bridge over Lake Champlain, and on into Burlington, VT.

 

Our site for the night was North Beach Campground.  North Beach is a city-owned park with loads of heavily shaded camp sites and a few thousand feet of sandy beach along pristine Lake Champlain peppered with both sailboats and powerboats.

As we backed into space 5, our neighbor in space 4 came right out and welcomed us and with a big smile on her face told us her name was Linda and her husband Ron.  They too are Escapees and actually will be working (as volunteers staff) at the event this week.

Linda and Ron invited us to climb in their car and head on over to “scope out” the Exposition Center for our short 20 minute trip in the morning when we take our rigs over to park there for the next seven days.

So far the weather’s been great, the RV has operated flawlessly and Kathy and I are smiling, it’s been a great day.

More to report tomorrow or the next day.

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Off to the Escapade

We left about 6:30 am from home in Ohio and heading toward Essex Junction, VT.  A beautiful day for a drive, light fog early in the morning and a heavy dew on the coach, but that cleared up in short order.2016-07-19 06.34.55

Kathy and I recently joined a group called “Escapees” which is an RV’er group of people, many of whom are full-timers either retired and now living in their RV or still working and living and even raising a family on the road.  It’s an interesting lifestyle that we’ve come to learn about.

The “Escapade” is an annual gathering of like minded folks (this is the 56th annual) to learn all that there is to learn about RV’ing and the RV lifestyle.  The week will be filled with lots of fun interspersed with educational forums, demonstrations, and more.

Up I-71 and then across I-90 through eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania and into New York State where we had a reservation at Hejamada RV Park, near Montezuma, NY.  Lots of “elbow” room here, owner tells us they have about 200 sites and about 85 of them are seasonals (permanent campers).  2016-07-19 19.31.46She put us on a lot out in the middle which, if it had been a hot and muggy day like it was when we left Ohio, would have been rough.  But the weather here is delightful, about 75 and low humidity.  We had no close neighbors.

This campground has a small fishing lake (pond) along with a bar and a snack bar that are both open on the weekends.  The outdoor pool is about 20’x40′ and is sparkling clean.!!

Believe it or not, Kathy and I did take a bike ride (her 2nd time out and my maiden voyage) and neither of us fell!.  However we both think that we need better seats with more padding.  I won’t comment on her, but I don’t remember my bottom hurting like this when I was a kid riding my 10-speed.  Could it be maybe the extra weight I’m carrying?

When we rode over to check out the pool and the snack bar/bar building, we passed alongside a couple of HUGE Prevost coaches.  They were both pulling large box trailers and what they had brought along with them were two very sharp looking Model A’s.  Quite the contrast; the very old (yet shiny) and simple gasoline powered vehicles alongside these mammoth diesel, powerful homes on wheels.

A late dinner of tossed salad and meat loaf, a beautiful sunset, and off to Burlington in the morning.

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